On March the 11th 2018 we celebrated one year since we opened Sport Zone with a BMX Jam for the kids, Master and Pro riders. The kid's event went down in the morning with separated categories, 16" and 20". They had different challenges to help them learn confidence and consistency, fast track, Pit Stop, 180 and 360 bar spins, Boomerang and Best Trick Contest. Main highlights were first the 14 kids that took part followed by Dudás Misi pulling his first Peg Boomerang in front of the crowd to make it even better (unfortunately just out of camera shot) and Filip Marcell did a triple bar spin standing on the pedals for the first time too. The kids and parents had a great day and it seems BMX Flatland has a great future, in our town at least! One of the kids, Lázár just 7 years old totally motivated from Sunday, went home, practiced and on Wednesday night pulled a FULL boomerang, so inspiring!
The afternoon was the Master and Pro riders with, Bunny Hop, Pinky Squeaks, Whiplash, Mega Spin Battle and Front Wheel-Back wheel contests. We saw some great riding from the regular Hungarian riders plus Leon Vignjević and Frane Granic from Croatia. The video shows just a few of the highlights from the riders and a feeling of how the day went. The riders got great trophies thanks to Kreativ-fa-ajándék, great Pizza from La Pizza Nostra and to top if of birthday cake from the Gombai Cukrászda all three of our local sponsors. Thanks also to Elite BMX Shop, Colony BMX, Four Pegs, Márton Szilágyi and Monster Energy. All of these people helped make it a great event!
Our next event will be later this year with a normal contest format. I will do my best to get some prize money and make it bigger and better. I think we are going in good direction and we just need the support of more international riders and sponsors. So come on guys come to Sport Zone!
The annual Vancouver Flatland Jam is going to take place on July 21. It's probably the weekend after FISE Edmonton (to be confirmed). A good opportunity to visit Canada and hit 2 events. If you need a place to stay then check the facebook event page, the locals might be able to help. More details: Vancouver Flatland Jam 2018
Wastl's creative tricks don't necessarily work in every contest run but if you give him some time and his beloved home-spot in Vienna then magic might happen!
"Ever since I started riding winter has always been my most progressive time of the year. Very much looking forward to a big change in my life this year in May, I started to go out in December to work on some tricks I had in mind for a while. This year’s Austrian winter wasn’t too bad and temperatures around 0°C or wet floor couldn’t slow down my motivation. Early February the list of ideas was worked off. For sure, there are always more ideas, more lists,... this never ends. But there are also more winters ... and I’ll be out again, whatever conditions, and believe in a wheel."
Last summer the French part of the Autum team visited the Autum capital Berlin. The whole crew was filming at different spots for a new video which is ready now. You can expect a lot of flat-street riding and of course serious nosewheelies bangers from Charles Paty. The premiere will be at the Autum Store in Berlin on Monday March 12 at 6PM. We hope it's going to be available online afterwards. In the meantime enjoy the trailer!
A victory at home for Dub - congratulations! This year Dom and Dub switches places on the podium of the Flatland's Unlimited contest in Toronto, Canada. Cory Fester also competed which is a nice surprise and he even made it to the podium which is no surprise! ;-) We're looking forward to some footage.
Pro 1st Jean William Prevost 2nd Dominik Nekolny 3rd Cory Fester 4th Jason Plourde 5th Jean-Francois Boulianne 6th Bo Wade 7th Joe Cicman 8th Rob Shaw
The UCI announced through their Instagram account @ucibmxfreestyle that there will be 5 UCI BMX Flatland World Cups this year. Some of you might be wondering what the UCI is. Let's take a look at Wikipedia:
"The Union Cycliste Internationale (English: International Cycling Union) is the world governing body for sports cycling and oversees international competitive cycling events. The UCI is based in Aigle, Switzerland. The UCI issues racing licenses to riders and enforces disciplinary rules, such as in matters of doping. The UCI also manages the classification of races and the points ranking system in various cycling disciplines including road and track cycling mountain biking and BMX, for both men and women, amateur and professional. It also oversees the World Championships."
Having a UCI World Cup certainly has the potential to give flatland more exposure and a professional platform. On the other hand it means there will be a certain set of rules for the UCI events and we'll see how well flatland can fit into those rules. We think it's a step in the right direction and a chance for flatland to grow.
FISE and the UCI teamed up which means the FISE World Series events are going to be part of the UCI World Cup: "FISE World Series has teamed up with the main international federations to organise some of the biggest action sports competitions of the early season. Spectators can witness riders taking part in events such as the UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup and the UCI BMX Freestyle Flatland World Cup."
Besides the short announcement on Instagram there are no further information available yet but stay tuned!
The FISE World Series has new stops this year. The launch event will be in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It's a pretty exotic destination for a BMX contest and this one will be by invitation only unlike the other stops. Another new location is Hiroshima, Japan where we can probably expect a bigger flatland contest. Last but not least the classic FISE Montpellier has be announced as well. According to the website there will be flatland contests at all 3 stops.
Further stops will be announced soon including North America. Stay tuned!
Our annual highlight edit of the Fight the Winter contest in Germany is waiting for you to be watched ;-) Most of the footage is from the first round of pro runs. Enjoy and give it a good old share or like!
Thanks to Shane Reed for sharing the Boston Jam poster with us. You can expect a good old fashioned jam starting around 1PM on April 21. Find the location and contact information if needed here: Boston Jam